World Cup Qualifier live blog

Feel free to add your thoughts as the match progresses here.

  • the future’s bright, the future’s orange

    close game. ROI outclassed for most of the 2nd half but probably did even to deserve a draw – has 2 cracking chances. Hard to see them beating france in france…

  • GavBelfast

    France will surely be disappointed with just the 1-0.

    Unlucky defeat for Northern Ireland, fortunate the defeat was so narrow for the Splitters.

  • consul

    Well that’s that then. Can’t see them winning there. It’s going to take back to back Grand Slams to make up for this. Problem is to do that, the rugby shower would most likely have to beat France in Paris. Candy from a baby.

  • Driftwood

    Forgot how shit the Southern Ireland team is.
    Good result for football tonight.

    France are mediocre though, playing a 3rd world country like Southern Ireland is easy peasy. They are not up to the standard of England or Brazil and will struggle to make quarter finals.

  • RepublicanStones

    Thats funny Drift…you put England and Brazil in the same sentence.

  • Garza

    Drift. Never write the ROI off.

    Meanwhile how bout those young celtic players playing for NI, exciting talent!!

  • Driftwood

    RS
    They’ll probably meet in the semis. Hoping for a Brazil v Holland final. The rest of my fantasy evening is not for public viewing.

  • Gram

    Hi drift. Enjoy your fantasy evening. A bottle of bucky, babestatipn and your keks round your ankles is hard to beat.

  • WatersOfMarsSundayBBC1

    I wouldn´t write off the RoI just yet, yes they where outclassed most of the game, but France only have a slender lead and their home record of late is not that impressive.

    Perhaps Trappatoni was too cautious, tonight they played like the away team, something the large subdued home support sensed. Disappointing for their fans, but still in with a shout.

  • RepublicanStones

    Decent win for Andy Lee tonight, bit hairy in the dying seconds though.

  • France are in a different class but there is only one goal in it. Early goal in Paris for the ROI and anything is possible. McGeady needs to be on from the start (and in form). Then bring on Lawrence late in the second half to help defend the ROI’s two goal lead :).

  • the future’s bright, the future’s orange

    i thought trap got his tackics spot on. ROI can 2 cracking chances – should have scored at least one of them. Can’t see them doing the job over is paris. France can play cautious with 2 holding midfielders – dominate possession, and counter like hell when ROI do attack. That said, if ROI can score first it’s game on. France score first and it could be messy…

  • Belfast 32

    Great to see the Makey-Uppey-country Wannabe-Englanders beaten at Windsor park.

  • The ‘Wannabe-Englanders’. Kilbane, St Ledger, Best etc…

    The positives outweighed the negatives in Ireland’s (IFA) friendly with Serbia who are technically superior and did of course top the French group. The future is indeed green and white for Niall McGinn and Paddy McCourt at Windsor Park. Excellent reception for both which will not please our detractors.

    The Republic are still in a strong position to qualify IMO. I think whatever it was Diarra said will work against his team come wednesday night. The Irish will come out fighting from the start. An early goal and ‘les bleus’ will keek themselves.

    I’m swaying towards an extra-time showdown, with France probably just pipping it.

  • Tim

    A stark contrast to see a jam-packed Croke Park filled with Ireland supporters from all over the island cheering on their country, compared to a half empty, run down, lifeless Windsor park with all the usual unionist flags, anthems & songs.

  • Democratic

    If unionist flags and anthems bother you so much Tim – you should comtemplate moving to Dublin full-time – think of the travel fare you will save going so far to watch “your team”.
    P.S. – I’ve heard eejits describe Windsor Park as many things but never lifeless – that is a new one…..

  • Brit

    Good luck to the Irish against France for the second leg. Keano hatrick hopefully.

  • Dublin voter

    Janey, Driftwood, what a mean and nasty post no. 4!
    Yes, the RoI team is made up mainly of Premiership journeymen. But they did really well on Saturday night (I was there). They were up against a team made up of better quality players but, through grit and determination and a well-rehearsed game plan, they very nearly pulled it off. France got the lucky goal. On another night, we might have gotten it.
    In all of those respects, the RoI team remind me of the NI team – journeymen who can get good results when well organised and when team spirit is high. I always cheer on NI from down here. I invite you, Driftwood, to cheer on the RoI on Wednesday night and any time in the future.
    It ain’t over till it’s over. Come on you Boys in Green.

  • Tochais Si­oraí

    I’d like Mc Geady to start & Lawrence in the middle instead of Andrews (not that Trap will do that of course)

    But 6/1 for an Irish win in 90mins on Wed from a good few bookies looks a tad generous imo. William Hill (who, btw was a black and tan based in Cork in his young days) has it closer to the mark at 9/2.

  • Frank

    If unionist flags and anthems bother you so much Tim – you should comtemplate moving to Dublin full-time – think of the travel fare you will save going so far to watch “your team”.

    Democratic

    According to posters over on OWC Niall McGinn was subjected to boo’s and sectarian abuse from a section of the Northern Ireland crowd on Saturday night. That makes the unionist paraphernalia seem pretty insignificent in comparison.

  • Peter Fyfe

    irishconuk

    Im as glad as anyone that the two celts recieved a good welcome though Frank seems to point out there was a section of the crowd that was not as welcoming. Hope they were a small minority. It is a welcome change when we think of the ‘RIP Boruc’ or the Lennon death threat. Maybe they will just be happy their clubmates did not have to endure the same hatred as they enjoyed when representing their national team in a game of football.

  • RE: RIP Boruc

    As you will be aware, there are alot of Rangers FC supporters in NI ranks. Most are genuinely there to support their country. The simple fact is that in the past some of these moronic Rangers fans all too often try to carry their club bitterness onto the international stage. It is not welcome. I remember a friendly a few years ago and these two eejits attempted to start a ‘Sash-fest’, and were immediately shouted down to the point were they ended up leaving shouting back ‘Eff this, Youse are all effin Celtic fans”. Exactly the kind of Old Firm moron we were quite happy to slip from our grasp.

    In international it can and does happen though. Look at the reception the Swansea City player got for Wales against Scotland, simply because the majority were all Cardiff City fans! Disgraceful.

    I was at Windsor myself on Saturday and can’t vouch for the whole stadium, but the South Stand gave McGinn a standing ovation when he was named man of the match. I even heard a few moans and groans that McCourt should have started instead of Baird.

    I didn’t agree though.

    That doesn’t make me sectarian.

  • Democratic

    “According to posters over on OWC Niall McGinn was subjected to boo’s and sectarian abuse from a section of the Northern Ireland crowd on Saturday night. That makes the unionist paraphernalia seem pretty insignificent in comparison”

    I was in the South Stand Row F seat 257 – I heard nothing of this – could anyone that was there vouch for this claim at all? As far as I seen McGinn was the best player on the field and was rightly named man of the match….very, very disappointed if this is true….and if it was the sound (presumably from the kop) certainly didn’t travel far enough to make it to my ears and certainly wasn’t picked up on TV – I suppose that says something in itself.

  • Democratic

    To Irishconuk – did you hear this booing at all?

  • Who’s marking Anelka?

    Not acceptable and hopefully action will be taken to prevent them from doing it again but a bit of perspective is perhaps missing from Frank’s entirely unbiased report… according to a “source” on OWC, it involved a grand total of 3 individuals. In contrast young McGinn actually mentioned an crowd’s backing in the post-match interview.

    Significant also that Frank, not slow to shout his mouth off here about NI post the Slovakia match, has on this occasion omitted to enlighten us with his views on the ROI’s game; the alleged behaviour of three NI fans in a meaningless friendly was apparently more noteworthy for him than his *own* team’s most important game for nearly a decade. An interesting glimpse into the thinking and motivation of a certain type of ROI based in Northern Ireland.

  • Democratic

    So three knobs constitutes “a section of the crowd” – nice spin! – technically true I suppose though…..

  • Democratic

    Although I suppose ridiculous and or highly-exagerated accounts from anti-NI circles obviously not in attendence at the game in question are nothing new – I started posting on this thread after some eejit talked of Windsor on Saturday as “dead” in terms of atmosphere……I sure those like me who were there can have a wry smile!

  • “To Irishconuk – did you hear this booing at all?”

    Nope, already stated on my previous post. I was in South Stand Block D. But you have to understand our friends in the North who follow ROI – they encourage negative stories like that to further justify their allegiances to that association, and play the “told you so” card.

  • Peter Fyfe

    irishconuk

    I believe an international invited the crowd to turn Windsor into Ibrox for the visit of Boruc. But its great to see that player doesn’t mind lining up along with Paddy and McGinn. Also, nobody is happier than me to read on and find out any unpleasentness came from a small handful of morons. Why would someone suggest you were sectarian for wanting a fenian from rasharkin before a fenian from Derry?

  • Democratic

    Boruc was so appalling that night it was hilarious all the same…..presumably the idiotic kids from Sandy Row actually did put him off with their “death threat”. Though in fairness the man himself never made any such excuses….

  • Tim

    ‘I started posting on this thread after some eejit talked of Windsor on Saturday as “dead” in terms of atmosphere……I sure those like me who were there can have a wry smile!’

    When the team can only muster 7,000 for an ‘international’ game its hardly encouraging.

    I believe Saturday’s game was as dead as the Slovakia game. Looks like the pub team is going back to the heady days of the nineties, with piss-poor attendences and graveyard atmospheres, only broken by sectarian chants directed at fenians, a la Lennon, Rogan,Jennings, O’Neill etc….

  • ” Why would someone suggest you were sectarian for wanting a fenian from rasharkin before a fenian from Derry? ”

    That’s irrelvant. Roman Catholic’s have represented NI for years. It only ever seemed to be the Glasgow Celtic players that ignited sectarian abuse from the minority of Rangers fanatics in the past. No-one mentions the O’Connor’s, the Baird’s etc… That’s because the detractors prefer to focus on the Old Firm thing as it’s more controversial and cuts to the bone.

    In fairness to the bluenoses I think alot of them are moving on with the times. Some however will forever remain in the past. We (the IFA, the fans)will continue to weed them out of Windsor Park on international nights.

    Oh and the stadium was dead on Saturday night. The Kop was jumping as usual, but the atmosphere everywhere else was library-esque. (the lack of railway stand doesn’t help!)

  • ……………….. but back to the football.

    All the best tomorrow night to ROI.

    Love from Dublin.

  • Democratic

    “I believe Saturday’s game was as dead as the Slovakia game. Looks like the pub team is going back to the heady days of the nineties, with piss-poor attendences and graveyard atmospheres, only broken by sectarian chants directed at fenians, a la Lennon, Rogan,Jennings, O’Neill etc….”

    You “believe” wrong then chief and making judgements based on two games with no real world meaning is to your great folly (where were such comments earlier when the campaign was in full swing I ask!)- but hey, I digress – let’s not get bitter about it….I know that it might be hard for you and your ilk to fathom – but the bad old days are gone (sadly for you) – onwards and upwards as the saying goes….

  • Doctor Who

    Peter Fyfe

    “I believe an international invited the crowd to turn Windsor into Ibrox for the visit of Boruc. But its great to see that player doesn’t mind lining up along with Paddy and McGinn.”

    It has been well documented that Warren Feeney gave a journalist permission to attribute a quote to him prior to the Poland game, but not however the subsequent quote that was published.

    It seems to me the only people in significant numbers who object to Niall McGinn and Pat McCourt playing for NI are those with an anti NI agenda.

  • Refreshing to see three Derry lads playing for the Irish on Wednesday evening – none of them our Darron! Strange that, isn’t centre midfield the weak link for ROI?

  • Tim

    ‘Refreshing to see three Derry lads playing for the Irish on Wednesday evening – none of them our Darron! Strange that, isn’t centre midfield the weak link for ROI?’

    I presume your knowledge of Soccer is qiuite limited, seeing as the North’s team played on Saturday, not Wednesday?

    The Irish central midfield pairing have matured and improved during the campaign, I doubt those mentioned by you, would warrant a starting place in the World Cup play-off.

    Word on the Tyrone grapevine is that the Donaghmore lad was gutted when FIFA changed the ruling regarding players over the age of 21 soon after he played for the pub team.

  • Who’s marking Anelka?

    The “Tyrone grapevine”?- the mind boggles about what kind of top grade information passes along that specimen;)

    As regards the fourth Derry man, hopefully he’ll remember his priorities tomorrow night, there’s a Carling Cup QF game to be won at the end of the month.

  • Democratic

    “The Tyrone Grapevine” – lol – your posts carried a tiny bit more credibility before you revealed the source of your “insight” into NI football team affairs……

  • cushy glenn

    According to posters over on OWC Niall McGinn was subjected to boo’s and sectarian abuse from a section of the Northern Ireland crowd on Saturday night. That makes the unionist paraphernalia seem pretty insignificent in comparison.

    Posted by Frank on Nov 16, 2009 @ 08:48 PM

    hmmmm
    I may be deaf, but I was in the North stand, and was in the crowd that cheered McGinn, and McCourt ( who was actually better, in a footballing sense, though not as big an attacking threat). Both were appreciated as excellent and wholehearted players. McGinn was so intimidated by the boo boys that he…er… thanked the crowd for supporting him. I know footballers are supposed to be thick, but still…

    I heard no booing whatever, and being in the section beside the Kop I would have. I suspect some sad trolls with nothing better to do with their time putting their MOPE fantasies on the web

  • Frank

    ‘heard no booing whatever, and being in the section beside the Kop I would have’

    Only saying what Northern Ireland supporters are claiming on their football site.

    I presume you read the site as you are a supporter of the team? Its in the Serbia match thread, I just double-checked.

  • Guest

    Is that that the northern ireland footballer’s site that was titled “OUR OUI COUNTRY” last saturday.

  • Who’s marking Anelka?

    “northern ireland footballer’s”

    There’s a Northern Ireland footballer who can speak French? Go on, name and shame!

    Frank,

    Ah, there you are. Finally.

    If you can drag yourself away from OWC for just a minute to consider the most important game that the team you support, the ROI has played for over a decade….

    How do you think it’ll go?

    I’m going for a dignified exit for our friends south of the border, 2-0 for the Les Bleus

  • Guest
  • Who’s marking Anelka?

    Guest,

    *Whoosh*

    Top corner.

    Screamer from the grammar pedant.

    Let’s hope your defence is a bit more aware tomorrow night:)

  • Guest

    “OUi” ,intriguing..

  • Frank

    It certainly would not be the most important Ireland game in ‘over a decade’.

    Beating the Dutch at Lansdowne in 01 had as much significance as tomorrow night, as it help lead to our qualification for Japan/Korea.

    I think it will be a tight game & lot will depend on how the French central defence copes without the injured Abidal, especially if Ireland get some good delivery into the box from set pieces. The French can always nick one, but even with so much possession in the second half at Croker they failed to make much impact on the Irish goal.

    I fancy Ireland to win 1-0, deadlock in extra time and Ulster’s finest, Shay Given to be the hero that will see us heading to South Africa next Summer.

  • Punt Robinson

    http://www.paddypower.com/football/football-matches/world-cup-qualifiers/France-v-Ireland-1659546.html

    no surrender indeed… Stan James gives better odds for the republic at 6/1

    http://www.stanjames.com/betting/index.asp?sl=sltc&gi=3&sltc=201327.2&slc;=-1

    8/1 for RoI to qualify has to be worth a punt.

  • Democratic

    “Only saying what Northern Ireland supporters are claiming on their football site.”

    While of course leaving out other relevant details such as the numbers alleged to have been involved (i.e less than 1/2 of 1% of fans in attendance – while prefering to opt for a much more tasty description of “a section of the crowd”) – I wonder why? – propagandist perhaps?

  • A N Other

    Hhhmmm.

    72,000 fans in a world class stadium vs. 7,000 attendees in a falling-down cess-pit of architectural incompetence.

    * yawn *

    Not bad for a breakway/splitting entity.

    No play-off for NI, either…

    New Aviva Stadium is also progressing famously [thank you for asking]. No doubt, your fellow Ulstermen will have no qualms about
    viewing International oval-ball games there from next August onwards…

    As to the soccer itself – France technically superior all over the field; thought we put it up to them, but their class told in the end. ROI 7/1 on
    Betfair to win in 90mins tonight, about right given the physical effort exerted in Croker last Saturday [i.e. by Whelan and Andrews – “Marty & Eamonn” !].

    As for the “Our Oui Country”…yes, the type of mealy-mouthed “banter” one would come to expect from the provincial bumpkins that inhabit that URL…

    7,000 at an international game?? Sweet Jesus, Ballygunner & Cratloe had nearly that many the following day in Waterford [google it if you’re stuck…]

  • Democratic

    So you’ll not be interested in the strength our supporters and players would bring to your team then – lol!…..that’s ok suits me fine!

  • Frank

    So you’ll not be interested in the strength our supporters and players would bring to your team then.

    I suppose David Healy could have carried the Ireland players boots to the stadium & your German goalkeeper could have fetched the balls for Shay Given.

    A measly 7000 union jack carrying uber’s would have brought nothing positive to a packed and rocking Croke Park last Saturday evening.

  • Who’s marking Anelka?

    A N Other,

    72,000 fans in a world class stadium vs. 7,000 attendees in a falling-down cess-pit of architectural incompetence.

    * yawn *

    Not bad for a breakway/splitting entity.

    No play-off for NI, either…

    Yet, yet…yet… despite all that, your fellow ROI fans residing in Northern Ireland on this thread- Frank, Tim, RIP Boruac etc etc have spent 90% of their time here chuntering on about us rather than their and your own team. You seem a detached enough individual (I’m presuming you do actually live in the ROI?), any ideas about why, when we quite clearly we offer no sort of competition to them whatsoever, we still get under their skin sooooo much????

    That 7/1 in a two horse race is a bit insulting, but I think I’ll pop on a few bob (of my winnings from Saturday ;))anyway…

  • Mike

    http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/sport/football/international/mcginn-blown-away-by-northern-ireland-fans-14557986.html

    Niall McGinn last night hailed the Northern Ireland fans for the support he has received during his international career.

    And the Celtic winger wants to give them more to cheer about at Windsor Park in Saturday night’s friendly against Serbia.

    Neil Lennon’s international career began to unravel after he signed for Celtic in January 2001, as he was, first, jeered by a section of the Northern Ireland support before being faced with a death threat – but McGinn’s experience is in total contrast.

    “The fans have been brilliant towards me,” said McGinn.

    “There hasn’t been a single problem for me to do with playing for Celtic.

    “They have always been 100 per cent behind me and for someone like me who is just at the start of their international career, that’s a big help.

    “They’ve cheered me in every home game and against the Czech Republic in Prague last month I could hear them getting louder every time I got the ball and that pushed me on.

    “I hope they give me that again against Serbia on Saturday night.”

    A year ago Nigel Worthington caused a shock by calling the winger into the Northern Ireland squad for the first time, just 10 months after leaving Dungannon Swifts for Derry City.

    Since making his debut as a substitute against Hungary, McGinn’s career has been on an upward spiral at an unbelievable rate.

    Just a matter of weeks later he was whisked off to Celtic and although he didn’t progress as quickly as he might have liked last season, it’s been a different story in the current campaign.

    McGinn has worked his way into the Hoops first-team squad, was handed a first start a few days after coming off the bench in Northern Ireland’s defeat to Slovakia and has been thrust into European action as well as domestic competition.

    And just a couple of weeks ago the 22-year-old was celebrating after netting his first goal for the club.

    As a boyhood Celtic fan McGinn is very much living the dream and although things are going very well, he wants life to get even better when Northern Ireland face Serbia at Windsor Park on Saturday evening.

    McGinn was handed his first international start against the Czech Republic last month and justified Worthington’s decision to throw him in by producing a highly effective performance, which had the Czech defence in disarray.

    Now he has one more achievement in mind before ending what has been a remarkable year for the Donaghmore man.

    “Everything has been on the up for me and I hope it continues that well,” said McGinn.

    “It was some feeling getting my first goal for Celtic and the fact that it was the first time my parents had been over to see me play for the club made it even more special.

    “It’s been an unbelievable year since I made my Northern Ireland debut against Hungary last November, I have five caps now, I started last month and I was pleased with how I played.

    “Hopefully I’ve done enough to keep my place in the team for the match against Serbia on Saturday night.

    “If I start I’ll be wanting to put in another good performance and hopefully my first goal for Northern Ireland will come along sooner rather than later.”

  • Mike

    Frank

    I rather suspect the vast majority of Republic of Ireland fans would thinks that your brand of bitter prejudice, absolutely dripping from your posts here as ever, would bring “nothing positive” to them…

  • kensei

    Who’s

    That 7/1 in a two horse race is a bit insulting, but I think I’ll pop on a few bob (of my winnings from Saturday ;))anyway…

    France’s home record is great, our away record is appalling and against major nations victories away are almost nonexistant. If we had have rode out luck and wound up 1-0 in Croke that would have been our best chance.

    My heart of course says we remain in with a shot while it remains 1-0, but my head says that those odds are loooooonnnnnng for a reason. My guess is another glorious defeat on the back of a 1-1 draw.

  • A N Other

    Who’s marking Anelka,

    A sensible reply, to which I have the pleasure of replying to.

    Yes, I do live in ROI; however, spent a couple of years living in Belfast – so maybe, I’m best placed to make the following comments?

    Played alot of soccer when I was younger [a few of the lads I played with are now on the Senior ROI panel]; however, I never really was one for attending
    Landsdowne, primarily because, the soccer is usually brutal.

    I’ve only ever been to Landsdowne once for a match [ROI vs. Russia, friendly in February 2002, if memory serves].

    I’m more a Croker man for hurling matches.

    I was at the ROI/Italy game; and the atmosphere was impressive; but being totally honest [and this isn’t a “uber-GAA” type comment], but it wasn’t a patch on
    the atmosphere for a big hurling match.

    Just wasn’t – felt a bit contrived, tbh.

    Although, my brother [who I go to hurling matches with] was there last Saturday, and said the atmosphere was immense, so what do I know!

    Hence, meeting NI Catholics who actively follow ROI, as I did when I first moved-up, was a bit strange. I remember being in The Bot [upstairs] in 2005 when an
    ROI qualifier was on, and I simply couldn’t get over how a packed nightclub in NI was shouting for ROI. [the place was incredibly mobbed, I only ever saw it as
    busy for the Grandslam games this year].

    Now clearly, there is legacy of political affliations that lead people to choose ROI or NI, and vice versa; I didn’t grow up in NI, so thankfully, I don’t carry such baggage.

    Always funny in the canteen in work the morning after both sides had played…[“we won!!”….”but so did we!!”]

    I think the “cut ‘n’ thrust” of your main point boils down to this – Northern ROI fans are affliaited to a side that Northern NI fans are not; hence, the envitable keyboard warriorship that comes with internet tribal sporting differences in NI.

    Just the way things are.

    The same posters are the guys praising/lambasting the GAA on other Slugger threads.

    Just a final note on the GAA – I was always amazed at the level of “in your face” postering that Northern GAA members aim towards the ‘other side’.

    It’s not something that occurs in my local club, or indeed, 99% of the clubs south of say, Cavan/Monaghan.

    It doesn’t fit with the real ethos of the organisation, tbh, and given prominent GAA protestant figures such as Sam Maguire, etc, is highly hypocritcal.

    Hope this helps.

    ANO

  • Who’s marking Anelka?

    “France’s home record is great”

    Not that great, narrow wins in the qualifiers against Serbia and Lithuania, draw against Romania. Goal in the first twenty minutes or so might shake a team whose confidence could still be fragile. Still wouldn’t bet my house on it, but 7/1 is generous I reckon.

  • Who’s marking Anelka?

    AN Other,

    Thanks for that.

  • A N Other

    Who’s Marking Anelka,

    No hassle – pleasure to do so.

    I really enjoy this website, but, at times, the blatant trolling that posters from “both angles” engage in, does grate incredibly.

    So yes, it’s nice to have a mature sensible discussion with you on this topic.

    PS As a betting man myself, I’m more tempted by the draw HT/Ireland FT.

    If ROI can keep it scoreless to HT, I feel we have a huge chance of nicking something from a set-piece.

    Although, if extra-time were to beckon, you’d have to fancy the French, based on the energy the Irish midfield spent in closing such an excellent
    passing side down for 90mins last Saturday night.

    Still, we can only hope!

    Being honest, if they did somehow qualify tonight…it’s just the type of filip people down here need, in light of the “non-stop” doom & gloom caused
    by the Fianna Fáil fuelled-property-crash [and yes, that last point is worthy of many further threads on Slugger!!]

  • kensei

    Who’s

    Not that great, narrow wins in the qualifiers against Serbia and Lithuania, draw against Romania. Goal in the first twenty minutes or so might shake a team whose confidence could still be fragile. Still wouldn’t bet my house on it, but 7/1 is generous I reckon.

    Unbeaten in quite a while though, and we need a win. It is certainly possible, especially while it stays 1-0, just can’t see 1. where we get the goal 2. How we keep France out if we’re put under anything like the same pressure again.

  • Frank

    ‘I rather suspect the vast majority of Republic of Ireland fans would thinks that your brand of bitter prejudice, absolutely dripping from your posts here as ever, would bring “nothing positive” to them…’

    Calm down Mike! I think if you go through the ‘private’ sections of your own owc website, you will find plenty of prejudice etc..but fair play to those contributers who are brave enough to highlight the continued sectarianism directed towards your own players.

    Enjoy the game tonight, like everyone else on the Island.

    coybig

  • Brit

    A N Other – your square brackets should be round brackets.

    I reiterate that I, as a lukewarm England fan, will be wishing Ireland well against France tonight and I think the vast majority of English football fans (bar a few BNP twats) would think the same.

  • kensei

    Brit

    I reiterate that I, as a lukewarm England fan, will be wishing Ireland well against France tonight and I think the vast majority of English football fans (bar a few BNP twats) would think the same.

    Go patronise someone else.

  • Mike

    Frank

    “Calm down Mike! I think if you go through the ‘private’ sections of your own owc website, you will find plenty of prejudice etc..but fair play to those contributers who are brave enough to highlight the continued sectarianism directed towards your own players.”

    My own website??

    What on earth do you mean “brave”, by the way? Some people on a discussion forum highlighting behaviour by 3 people in a crowd of thousands, behaviour they disapproved of, as did fellow forum members?

    This “continued sectarianism” – three people (“a section” – ha!), highlighted on a discussion forum precisely because the vast, vast majority of NI fans are completely at odds with their behaviour. I think most international teams in the world would be grateful to have this sort of problem.

    Have you any word at all to say on the welcome given by ninety-nine-point-whatever percent of the Northern Ireland support to McGinn and McCourt? Have you any comment to make on the fact that McGinn went on record last week publicly thanking the NI support for the backing they have given him?

    Or is it all just your usual anti-NI bile?

    “Enjoy the game tonight, like everyone else on the Island.”

    Everyone else on the island will be watching France v RoI tonight? Really? Phenomenal…

    Thanks to footballing committments of my own I won’t be watching any televised football tonight. If the RoI make it, congratulations and deserved. If they don’t, hard luck and well done on an impressive campaign.

  • Brit

    Kensei would you like some salt and vinegar?

  • Democratic

    Frank is obviously more of a Northern Ireland hater than a Republic supporter – he reminds me of the sort of people in England who would drive miles & miles to stand outside the Big Brother house just to boo someone on their eviction…..sad really and demonstrative of having little constructive to do with their time….

  • kensei

    Brit

    Kensei would you like some salt and vinegar?

    Would you still liek to go patronise someone else.

    You don’t support Germany playing Brazil because they are Europeans. The fact you feel able to do so with Ireland ro Scotland is in itself a slight.

  • Frank

    Have you any comment to make on the fact that McGinn went on record last week publicly thanking the NI support for the backing they have given him?

    mike

    I recall Lennon doing the same after he was booed and heckled by ni supporters at Windsor Park & recieved death threats etc.

    With Lennon it was the PR machine advising him, interesting though, that Neil Lennon came out recently and said that very little had changed within the support base at windsor.

    Enjoy youe football this evening

  • Doctor Who

    Frank, I feel a little bitter about you spending so much time on the OWC site as I myself am banned from it. The first time I was binned was because I stated that the shallow suits in the IFA had lobbied their Spanish counterparts to arrange an important Euro qualifier in Gran Canaria for the sole purpose of getting some winter sun.

    The second time they chucked me and made it permanent was when I argued that the FIFA eliigibility rules favoured the FAI during the row between the two associations. The site moderator said I was a Mexican troll. So I find it somewhat ironic that a chap like you can spend so much time on that site. Now I could use a proxy IPA like I suspect you use when coming on here, but why bother, that site has become so up it´s own arse it´s no longer recognisable.

    Kensei

    Brit has a good point, the Brit bar in the village where I live is covered in Irish tri-colours. There are only two Irishmen in the village and this one will be wearing a French top. The majority of Spanish and English customers in there tonight will be screaming for ROI.

    Would you like me to call them all a bunch of patronising bastards on your behalf.

  • Dublin voter

    Brit, don’t mind him. Thanks for the good wishes. We really, really want to win tonight. Then you never know. We could go on to meet your lot in Sth Africa … and whip yis again like in Stuttgart 88. Olé!

  • A N Other

    Square brackets are my thing, can’t abide the circular ones! 🙂

  • Doctor Who

    Frank

    ” interesting though, that Neil Lennon came out recently and said that very little had changed within the support base at windsor.”

    He was also on record last year commending the IFA and the GAWA for the progress since his international retirement.

    The fact is Lennon made silly and flippant remarks recently to a partisan crowd of Cliftonville fans,he didn´t realise there would be a numpty there who would put the piece on You Tube. Given the level of publicity surrounding the original incident, I think it only fair that Lennon be asked by the media to clarify his remarks which where clearly defamatory. As far as I am aware he was asked by the BBC to comment but refused to.

    Although I feel he was only throwing sticks to the dogs, I feel that he has let many people within the NI set up down, particularly the many fans who supported him throughout the original incident.

  • Peter Fyfe

    Doctor Who and irishconuk

    Once, again I was delighted to see McGinn get man of the match on saturday. Though it is quite sad when Northern Ireland fans have to build up the fact they gave two celtic players a good reception while playing for their national team. It shows you how disgraceful past actions were. It has been a welcome change and lets hope McGinn has many years to come at windsor and paradise.

  • Dave Hartin

    YYYYEEEESSSS!

  • Greenflag

    France 0- Ireland 1 😉 half time .

    Robbie Keane brilliant :)))

    It’s not over .

  • Dave Hartin

    Whatever the final outcome, it’s been a brilliant performance by the Republic – I’m saying this with 10 mins left of normal time to clarify.

  • Doctor Who

    Decent performance from the ROI but alas not enough!

    The French really need to improve if they are to make an impact in South Africa. Still good to see an Arsenal connection scoring the goal, nodded in by Gallas while ex gooner Henry had a major hand(ahem) in it.

    I wish Arsenal had that French keeper.

  • slug

    Agree – a great performance from ROI.

  • A N Other

    Merely describing the performance as “decent”, reminds me of a comment a pal of mine is oft fond of repeating…

    “Can I get a gin & bitter slimeline lemon for Doctor Who?”

    I supposed you ARE used to better fare at The Showgrounds, after all…!

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